September 12, 2018, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Byers Auditorium, UCSF, 600 16th Street, San Francisco


Registration and Breakfast

Genentech Atrium


Opening plenary session - Watch

Master of Ceremonies: Howard Frumkin, Head, Our Planet, Our Health, Wellcome Trust

Welcome remarks

  • Dr. Karen Smith, Director of the California Department of Public Health and State Public Health Officer (USA) - Watch
  • Dr. Sam Hawgood, Chancellor, University of California, San Francisco (USA) - Watch

Keynote introduction

  • Dr. Elizabeth Baca, Deputy Director, California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (USA)

Keynote address - Watch

  • Christiana Figueres, former Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and convener, Mission2020 (Costa Rica)

Plenary Remarks - Watch

  • Lloyd Dean, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dignity Health (USA)
  • Dr. K. Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India (India)

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Plenary Panel: Climate Change – Opportunities for Global Health Action - Watch

  • Moderator: Professor Sir Richard Feachem, Director, The Global Health Group, University of California San Francisco (UK)
  • Dr. Joy St. John, Assistant Director General for Climate and Other Determinants of Health, World Health Organization, World Health Organization
  • Dr. Bechara Choucair, Chief Community Health Officer, Kaiser Permanente (USA)
  • Wael Hmaidan, Executive Director, Climate Action Network International (Lebanon)
  • Natalia Linou, Policy Specialist HIV and Health, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, United Nations Development Programme

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Morning breakout session (Details below)

  • Decarbonizing the global health care supply chain - Mission Hall 2103
  • Migration, immigration, and climate change - Mission Hall 1406
  • Advocacy for subnational and national climate and health policy - Byers Auditorium
  • Global action for climate and health - Mission Hall 1407
  • Adaptation and resilience - Rock Hall


Lunch - Genentech Atrium

Lunchtime roundtable “Cross-fertilization in climate health action: How can we enhance information sharing and collaboration?” - Genentech S-201


Afternoon keynote

Keynote introduction - Watch

  • Rob Glaser, founder and CEO, RealNetworks; President, RealNetworks Foundation; Trustee, Glaser Progress Foundation (USA)

Keynote address - Watch

  • Ricardo Lagos, former President of Chile

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Plenary Panel: Subnational and National Action for a Healthy Climate - Watch

  • Moderator: Gary Cohen, President and Founder, Health Care Without Harm (USA)
  • David Bunn, Director, California Department of Conservation (USA)
  • Hon. Leeanne Enoch, Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland Government, Australia
  • Alice Akinyi Kaudia, Co-Chair of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (Kenya)
  • Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor of Environment and Energy, London (UK)

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Afternoon breakout sessions (Details below)

  • Climate-smart health care - Genentech N-114
  • Energy, aid pollution, and climate change - Byers Auditorium
  • Food, agriculture, and working lands - Mission Hall 2103
  • Transportation, land use, and health - Mission Hall 2100
  • Climate and health communications - Rock Hall


Closing plenary session - Watch

Climate Action keynote - Watch

  • Honorable Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives (USA)

Summary remarks - Watch

  • Howard Frumkin, Head, Our Planet, Our Health, Wellcome Trust (UK)

Presentation of Call to Action on Climate and Health and announcement of climate and health commitments - Watch

  • Josh Karliner, International Director, Programs and Strategy, Health Care without Harm
  • Dr. Linda Rudolph, M.D., Director, Center for Climate Change and Health, Public Health Institute and Host, U.S. Climate and Health Alliance

Closing keynote address - Watch

  • Dr. Maria Neira, Director Department of Public Health, Environment, and Social Determinants of Health, World Health Organization

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Genentech Atrium

Morning Breakout Sessions 10:45 am – 12:00 pm

Decarbonizing the global health care supply chain, Mission Hall 2103

  • Moderator: Susan Wilburn, International Sustainability Director, Health Care Without Harm (USA)
  • Carlos Aguilar, Vice President, B2P, National Sourcing, Kaiser Permanente (USA)
  • Paulette Frank, Worldwide VP, Environmental Health, Safety & Sustainability , Johnson & Johnson (USA)
  • Dr. Miao Yanqing, China National Health Development Research Center (China)

Migration, immigration, and climate change, Mission Hall 1406

  • Moderator: Catherine Tactaquin, Executive Director, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (USA)
  • Linn Biorklund Belliveau, Humanitarian Affairs Advisor, Médecins Sans Frontières
  • Mariam Traore Chazalnoel, Associate Expert, Migration, Environment, and Climate Change, International Organization for Migration
  • Beverly Wright, Founding Director, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (USA)

Advocacy for subnational and national climate and health policy, Byers Auditorium

  • Moderator: Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director, American Public Health Association (USA)
  • Fiona Armstrong, Founder and Executive Director, Climate and Health Alliance (Australia)
  • Dr. Renzo Guinto, Consultant on Climate and Health, Health Care Without Harm-Asia (Philippines)
  • Gladys Limon, Executive Director, California Environmental Justice Alliance (USA)
  • Rachelle Wenger, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Dignity Health (USA)

Global action for climate and health, Mission Hall 1407

  • Moderator: Natalia Linou, Policy Specialist, United Nations Development Programme
  • Andrew Higham, Chief Executive, Mission 2020, (Australia)
  • Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum, Team Leader, Climate Change and Health, Department of Public Health and Environment, World Health Organization
  • Maria Gracheva, Operations Advisor, World Bank

Adaptation and resilience, Rock Hall

  • Rebecca Carter, Deputy Director, Climate Resilience Practice, World Resources Institute (USA)
  • Dr. Iqbal Kabir, Coordinator, Climate Change and Health Promotion Unit, Ministry of Health (Bangladesh)
  • Jacqui Patterson, Director, Environmental and Climate Justice Program, NAACP (USA)
  • Cristina Rumbaitis del Rio, Regional Programme Manager, Action on Climate Today (USA)
  • Scott Slotterback, International Technical Director for Climate Change, Health Care Without Harm (USA)

Afternoon Breakout Sessions 2:40 pm – 3:50 pm

Climate-smart health care, Genentech Hall N-114

  • Moderator/Panelist: Kathy Gerwig, Vice President of Employee Safety, Health and Wellness and Environmental Stewardship Officer, Kaiser Permanente (USA)
  • Yang Hongwei, Deputy Director, National Health Development Research Center (China)
  • Sanjeev Jain, Chief Engineer, Chhattisgarh State Renewable Energy Development Agency (India)
  • Jeff Thompson, CEO Emeritus and Pediatrician, Gundersen Health (USA)

Energy, air pollution, and climate change, Byers Auditorium

  • Co-Moderators: Jeni Miller, Executive Director, Global Climate and Health Alliance and Jen Wang, Coordinator, Healthy Energy Initiative, Health Care Without Harm
  • Lyndsay Alexander, Assistant Vice President and Director of the Healthy Air Campaign, National Policy and Advocacy, American Lung Association (USA)
  • Carl Osei, Deputy Program Manager, Ghana Health Services and Breathe Life Initiative (Ghana)
  • Iyad Kheirbek, Head of Air Quality, C40 Cities
  • Shweta Narayan, Healthy Energy Initiative (India)
  • Dr. Alex Simidchiev, Air4Health, Unmask My City initiative in Sofia, Bulgaria

Food, agriculture, and working lands, Mission Hall 2103

  • Moderator: Roni Neff, Food System Sustainability and Public Health program, Center for a Livable Future, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (USA)
  • Heather Cooley, Director of Research, Pacific Institute
  • Antonio Kubes, Prefect of Pastaza Province (Ecuador)
  • Sudhvir Singh, Director of Policy, EAT Forum (New Zealand)
  • Cristina Tirado, Moderator of the United Nations System Standing Group on Nutrition egroup on Climate and Nutrition; International Union of Nutritional Sciences Task Force on Climate Change and Nutrition

Transportation, land use, and health, Mission Hall 2100

  • Moderator: Todd Litman Victoria Transport Policy Institute (Canada)
  • Chanell Fletcher, Director, ClimatePlan (USA)
  • Heather Thompson, Interim CEO, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (USA)
  • Colleen Groll, Manager, Sustainability Programs, Seattle Children's Hospital (USA)

Climate and health communications, Rock Hall

  • Moderator: Chris DeCardy, Vice President and Director of Programs, David and Lucile Packard Foundation (USA)
  • Clementina Equihua Zamora, Mexican Network of Science Journalists
  • Aarti Khosla, India Programme Lead, Global Strategic Communications Council
  • Ed Maibach, Director of the Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University (USA)
  • Valerie Quinn, Chief, Media & Communications, California Tobacco Control Program, California Department of Public Health (USA)

Health worker photo: Jonathan Torgovnik, Getty Images Reportage